Thursday Evening Post

321 Comics- Update Preview

I’ve spent quite a bit of time restructuring the overall illustration for 321 Comic’s Panorama to remove a ton of the dead space that was in it, and give it a more cosy feel, while finding a color pallet that works well with it. Aka, LOOOOT of work lol. Quite a bit of it is still too messy to show— however here is a sample from a section of it that’s looking pretty good. 321previewThere is this thing I call “reaching my threshold point” where I’ll pretty much struggle through my ideas, trying different things hoping I’ll land on something that works. This applies to building a composition, and finding the right color scheme to work with. This process is often long and takes a lot out of me, but once I get to a place where I feel all my ideas have come together, and I’m comfortable enough to run with it, I’ve reached my threshold and it’s easy street from then on.

After fiddling with this image constantly, I’m finally at that place and I’m hoping to finish it completely in the next day or two. We shall see lol.

Till next time, Enjoy!

Thursday Evening Post

Hello! And good evening 😀

Bea here! And I come bearing arts and cookies! Though….only I can eat the cookies >_> sorry…i regret nothing…

Anywho, since we had a long weekend, with Monday being the Holiday, I decided to give myself a much needed break to recharge my batteries so I could prepare a nice post for Thursday.

Of all the projects I’m doing that I have deadlines closing in for, two of them, both still works in progress, I’m glad to be able to share with you all. Lets start with Felipe Cagno’s 321 Comic, Vol 2 Panorama commission

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So a ton has changed! Basically the whole concept was redrawn. After talking with Felipe, he decided the best approach would be to draw it as if you’re caught in a moment, very similar to the Rockwell reference I’m using. There’s even a nod to it, with the little doggie if you can spot him 😀  That and he wanted it done in such a way that it showcased the sunlight pouring in. I don’t often work with warm colors, for some reason they are more of a challenge for me than cool colors are– but I’m enjoying working with this pallet so far.

Overall, the concept is there, the colors are blocked in, all that’s left to do is clean up and detailing- aka, the hard part lol! Because there’s so much going on, I’ll be working this Illustration throughout July, so, more updates soon!


As for Witch, well, She’ll be done a lot sooner– before my birthday. which is in just a few days! So lets have a look at where she’s at–

WITCHANNOne thing that I like to do, to help motivate me when I have a bunch of work on my plate is I’ll give myself rewards. My reward for finishing this, will be a trip to the zoo with all my friends, to celebrate. That, and I.do.not want to work on this any longer. Reason being is I’m currently working on 4-5 other projects that I have to move onto as soon as this is done– >_<

Honestly, I don’t know how I pulling some of this stuff off, but, I am, so that’s good. YAY, PROGRESS!

A little bit about her– She’s a nature witch, and a keeper and protector of plants.  Usually when I draw characters like these, I take a lot of inspiration from things that interest me.  Like her, I love plants. My living room is practically a green house, mmkay? 18 plants and counting, some of which are heirlooms that are at least 50 years old, aka, way older than I am. I love them all!

Another source of inspiration is American Horror Story, Coven-, which is one of my favorite seasons of the series outside of Asylum. One of my favorite characters from that season is Misty Day. Her story was the most interesting, in my opinion and I loved her style, and totally understood her love of Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mack

So a combination of several loves of mine, all bundled into one lol.

Overall, I hope you guys like this post, as always, Enjoy!

Monday Evening Post

Good evening folks! Or in my case, after midnight, so morning, where I am. I stayed up late after making arts all day, to share with you guys some exciting new projects– one personal and one commissioned that I was given the okay to share my works in progress for.

Like many of my posts, these will include sketches, and concepts and animations, along with some notes I’ve been taking to help me through the completion of each piece, especially since I do a lot of study while I draw.

With that said, lets start with the personal piece. I wont say much of what it’s for, because that’s kinda confidential at the moment until it’s officially released, but it is a portfolio piece, and a first attempt practice piece at doing animated illustrations. Introducing, my first animated sketch!

StrikeA few things about this one- for a while now, especially since this year began, I have been making a very conscious effort to improve my rendering abilities, my ability to draw faces, and create work that is, overall, more dynamic/energetic. Usually the end result is multiple sketches that I challenge myself to make better, more powerful, more energetic, until I have a concept I can roll with.

For example– the first sketch of this piece– while energetic it was impracticable in how weird the pose was. The dress hides it, but her legs would have to be broken for her to stand like that >_<. Definitely something to pay attention to, when drawing figures is to make sure the pose actually works, and if it doesn’t, create one that does– hence, the changes in her pose.

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In the process, while working through the composition of the sketch, I’m also practicing different techniques that I’ve been learning, to understand how some of the pros do things, and to ultimately develop methods that work for me.

One of my sources of study is Imagine FX. a magazine designed to help digital artists/illustrators, like myself, and has proven to be a wonderful resource for learning tips and tricks of the trade in almost every area you can think of. In this case, the workshop I’ve been studying is  from Vol 92’s Paint a Backlit Manga Character by Krenz Cushart, featuring the process to his illustration Vampire.

Because the main feature of this illustration is going to be the lightning strikes, which means it requires some extra ordinary painting of lighting. Understanding how to backlight  my character seemed like the best approach to bringing this idea to life.There’s still a ton of work to be done with this one as you can see, but so far, off to a good start!


Now on to the main attraction! 321 Comics Vol 2, Pinup Panorama Sketch, Commissioned by Felipe Cagno!

FelipeSpreadFirst off, Norman Rockwell! The inspiration behind both this one and the first  321 Pinup, have been his diner paintings, and this one in particular will be serving as my reference.

Soda_Jerk_Columbus_paintingThe goal is, to paint it in a way that’s similar to Rockwell’s style, and to keep the figures, energetic and full of personality while still being sexy enough to be considered pin up, sooooo prepare for cleavage!! Lol, I’m kidding….not really >_<;

All in good fun though, if there’s one thing I love about drawing women, it’s the curves, babeh!

Alright, enuff foolin’ around, back to bisness! This is going to be a stretch, but the goal is to have both of these images completed, or near completion by May 31st, which is my birthday, so, expect huge changes by time the next Monday Evening Post rolls around. Updates to be coming soon also for the Katzenworld Cats too.

On a side note, just a personal wish of mine, I do hope to someday be in a position where my work is featured in Imagine FX, or that I too can impart some of what I’ve learned  in the various studies I do in this growing process of mine. Wish me luck guys 😀

I hope you enjoyed this post, till next time, Enjoy!

321- Pinup Released!

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Yay it’s finally finished! The Article following the making of this Illustration is below


The Making of 321-PinUp — Studying Rockwell

I feel so old saying this, but I remember when the internet wasn’t a thing– at least not in my house! But when we got it– oh boy! I was already a fan of Japanese animation because I grew up watching Toonami which featured shows like Dragon Ball, Speed Racer… Sailormoon- TO WHICH I’M A HUGE FAN!– Sailor Jupiter foreva!!! *Clears Throat* So when we got the internet, those were the things I looked up. Naturally these searches introduced me to other anime like NGE, Tenchi Muyo– and also, Comics. I was fascinated by the photos of comic covers I would find, and in my search I discovered artists J Scott Campbell, and the late great Michael Turner of Fathom Comics. These two artists are the reasons I wanted to become one, and I begged mom to find me a comic store where I could purchase every title with their names on it just to have their art at my finger tips.

I studied Michael Turner’s work in particular, even learned how to draw like him at one point because I was soooo sure that if I became good enough, I’d get to meet him one day, and maybe even work at his side. Mind you I had no idea how comics worked, so that was my idea of things. I was heartbroken when he passed, but the dream was alive in me, and I was determined to figure out how to become an artist like him. The thing is, back then, it wasn’t easy to find tutorials or how toos on the net, so I developed a skill that allows me to pick art apart, by looking at it closely. This is how I learned how to draw, up until college.

Now we live in a day and age where many artist have how toos and tutorials, providing intimate details on the process they follow. What I’m doing here is much the same, only it’s going to be less about how to draw, but more about fleshing out an idea finding the right inspirations, and applying tips and tricks and problem solving. Overall, I’ll be siting sources, dropping names and links to the people and things that help me through the creative process and I hope what I have to share is helpful! With that said, lets get into the making of 321-Pinup, a Study of Rockwell.

Learning from Rockwell

Normally I would have taken a more dynamic approach with pinup, but since I was doing it in Rockwell’s style, and I had limited time, I made a conscious decision to keep this one simple. Fortunately for me, Rockwell has a relatively simple painting style. His compositions are usually straight forward and dead centered, his figures are a bit exaggerated and gestural, which breathes more life into them, and aside from the figures in his paintings, the backgrounds or surroundings have very limited shading– as if the flash from a camera washed out most the shadows and details.

Edge Control

One thing I had to pay attention to, when learning from Rockwell, is his Edge control– which is his ability to manipulate edges to create sharp contrasts between his figures and their backgrounds. Speaking of Edge control, it is an important tool an artist can use to create form, atmosphere and believability.
In general, edges are:
Harder in the light, softer in the shadow
Harder in the foreground, softer in the background
Harder on smooth forms, softer on textured forms
Harder on still forms, softer on forms in motion (on moving forms they are harder on the leading edge and softer on the trailing edge)
Harder at the center of interest, softer as you move away
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In Rockwell’s work, you’ll mostly find his figures against a white background. Usually the strongest colors have the harder edges– and the brighter colors, like whites, creams, and grays have the softer edges– so soft in fact they almost blend into the white background. Putting this into practice actually helped me understand how to control my edges better making my work look cleaner. Definitely something I’ll continue to practice going forward.

The Feels!

How you display emotion in your work can be the difference between a nice drawing, and a nice drawing with soul. Faces, particularly the eyes are the most important feature, in my opinion, because of their ability to say so much. I’ve studied a many artists- SakimiChan, Kronprinz, Nebezial— all of which have one thing in common– they can draw some dang good faces full of personality. Body language is the second most important tell of emotion. When I was painting 321-Pinup, the leading lady went through at least 3 changes in her face and body. At first she was stiff, upright and smug, not a very welcoming character to meet coming into a diner. The second one was a bit more loose in her body language, but her face wasn’t quite right. Her stare seemed blank and void of emotion. Overall she was still pretty stiff. Third time’s a charm I guess. She loosened up more, leaning on the counter, and finally I could look at her face and hear her saying “Hey there!” Comparing the 1st draft to the final product, I’m glad I put in the extra work to give these characters some feels! After toiling away for almost a day on the lady’s face, I had learned so much that the guy’s face was a breeze. YAY! progress!!

Work through your Mistakes

I could have gone with a cleaner approach– smoothed everything out to make it look polished, but I deliberately left a sketchiness to it. I call it, showing strokes. In a way I think it adds to the personality of a painting, when you can see where the brush leaves its mark. A tip I learned from Cliff Neilson in one of his workshops, is to try to avoid using the eraser tool, in your digital paintings. Instead, treat it like real paint. If you make a mistake, paint over it, instead of erasing it. The residue it leaves after only adds to it.

There were some things I had to change. The background was altered to be more straightforward. After much consideration I decided the image would be stronger with one light source, and to keep the color pallet simple to mesh with Rockwell’s style. Overall, this was a wonderful experience. I honestly learned a bunch ! To close, I added a little gif, for your viewing pleasure! I’ll try to get better at making these

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